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Program Learning Opportunities – Fall 2014 Focus: Riparian/Water

The following workshops and trainings are offered to members of the Natural Areas Academy. You will receive instructions on how to sign up for these programs once you become a registered member of the Natural Areas Academy.

Thursday, October 2.  6:00 - 6:30 pm.

NAA Orientation
Here you will learn more about the Natural Areas Academy, Cornell Plantations and our natural areas in general, and ways in which you can learn and be involved. Please attend this session.

Location: Nevin Welcome Center
Instructor: Nikki Cerra

Thursday, October 2,  6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Rain Gardens

How can you help our streams and beautify your home landscape at the same time?  You can create a rain garden: a shallow, vegetated depression that collects, absorbs, cools, and filters storm water runoff before it reaches our waters.  In this two-part class, you will first learn about the basic principles and science of rain gardens, then participate in the creation of an actual rain garden at Cornell Plantations. Designed with native plants that require little maintenance, rain gardens are an inexpensive, relatively simple way to do our part in keeping our waters clean while simultaneously adding value and beauty to our yards. 

Location: Nevin Welcome Center in the Botanical Garden, Ten Eyck Room (second floor).
Nikki Cerra

Saturday, October 11,  10:00 am-12:00 pm & 12:30-2:30 pm.

Invasive Species Identification and Control

The invasion of aggressive, non-native plant and insect species is a growing problem in conservation, often leading to the displacement of rare and endangered native plants. In this workshop, we will cover the identification of some of the common woody invasive species, and discuss various control methods. We will also discuss the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), its effects on ash trees and the efforts underway to preserve ash genetics by collecting ash seeds.  This outdoor workshop will provide the groundwork for hands-on management activities, and the identification expertise necessary for monitoring and reporting some invasive species.

Location: TBD
: Jules Ginenthal & Zeb Strickland

Saturday, October 18, 1:00 -4:00 pm.

Native Seed Collection

Native seed collection is a fundamental component for successful habitat restoration projects in natural areas, particularly those that require local genetic material or rare and threatened native plant species. This hands-on workshop will focus on seed collection techniques that can ensure successful propagation.  You will learn how to locate the plants and their seeds, as well as techniques to properly collect, clean, store, and sow seeds. 

Location: TBD
Krissy Boys

Thursday, October 23, 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

Site Preparation for Planting

For managing a natural area, many steps are taken in order to replant an area with native vegetation and even more so in order to dig a rain garden. In this stewardship opportunity, Mike will lead participants in the steps necessary to prepare the area for the rain garden: clear the invasive species, salvage existing native plants, and preserve the soil, etc. The skills learned in this process are transferable to native plant restoration projects.

Location: Plantations Horticultural Center, 320 Caldwell Drive
: Mike Roberts

Saturday, October 25,  1:00 -4:00 pm.

Native Plant Identification

Land managers must have working knowledge of native plant communities in order to restore or conserve native ecosystems.  Plantation’s botanist, Robert Wesley will lead this hands-on workshop, focusing on the regional riparian plant communities.  He will teach the basics of the plant communities as well as identify the more common riparian trees, shrubs and herbaceous species.  The workshop will cover bark, flowers, leaves, fruit, twigs, branching patterns, and other gestalt characteristics to aid in species identification.

Location: TBD
: Robert Wesley

Sunday, November 2,  1:00 – 5:00 pm.

Demonstration Rain Garden Implementation

This is the second-part of the rain gardens class on Thursday, October 2.

Location: Mundy Wildflower Garden
: Nikki Cerra